I appreciate the excellent comments on an earlier draft of this paper by Elaine Sharp, Carol Lewis, and Richard Rich.
ASSESSING THE PRODUCTS OF GOVERNMENT: WHAT GETS DISTRIBUTED?*
Article first published online: 9 SEP 2005
Policy Studies Journal
Volume 9, Issue 7, pages 963–971, June 1981
How to Cite
Jones, B. D. (1981), ASSESSING THE PRODUCTS OF GOVERNMENT: WHAT GETS DISTRIBUTED?. Policy Studies Journal, 9: 963–971. doi: 10.1111/j.1541-0072.1981.tb01203.x
- Issue published online: 9 SEP 2005
- Article first published online: 9 SEP 2005
The literature on the provision and distribution of urban public services has recently stressed the study of impacts rather than outputs. Impacts are conventionally conceived as the final stage of an orderly production process. Benefits are produced only after impacts are achieved. This paper argues, to the contrary, that costs and benefits stem from each stage of the public service production process. Consequently, a focus on the impact stage alone can be grossly misleading.